. the data, u.s. manufacturing activity last month lowest level since the summer of 2009, but then we got a construction spending report that was good. in october, it rose by the largest amounts in five months, and then we got auto sales throughout the morning, and while they were decent, gm, toyota, and chrysler missed november's estimates, but ford beat them. that's the data and push and pull among the markets, back to you. >> lauren, thanks so much. >> 12995 where it ends, nobody knows. take a gamble. talks in a standstill, timothy geithner blaming republicans saying they have to raise taxes in order to avoid going over the cliff. rich edson in washington with the latest, rich? >> they are stuck on this offer, which the white house says is less of an offer and the same position the administration staked out in its jobs bill and deficit proposal over the last couple years. half trillion in tax increases or trillion and a half in tax increases, $600 billion in spending cuts, more spending, and a permanent increase in the debt ceiling. on fox news sunday, boehner called that deal a joke.